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Jeanette Winterson

Award-Winning English Writer, Known for "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit"; Professor of New Writing at the University of Manchester

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 Jeanette Winterson Biography

Jeanette Winterson is an award-winning novelist and professor of New Writing.

She was adopted and brought up in Accrington, Lancashire, in the north of England. Her strict Pentecostal Evangelist upbringing provides the background to her acclaimed first novel, "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit," published in 1985.

Her love affair with another girl at 16 meant that Winterson had to leave home. Her mother asked her why she was still seeing this girl when she knew the consequences – homelessness. Jeanette replied – She makes me happy.

She graduated from St. Catherine's College, Oxford, and moved to London where she worked as an assistant editor at Pandora Press.

She is a regular contributor of reviews and articles to many newspapers and journals and has a regular column published in The Guardian.

One of the most original voices in British fiction to emerge during the 1980s, Winterson was named as one of the 20 "Best of Young British Writers" in a promotion run jointly between the literary magazine Granta and the Book Marketing Council.

Her novels include "Boating for Beginners" (1985), published shortly after "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit" and described by the author as "a comic book with pictures"; "The Passion" (1987), twin narratives following the adventures of the web-footed daughter of a Venetian gondolier and Napoleon's chicken chef; "Sexing the Cherry" (1989), an invented world set during the English Civil War featuring the fabulous "Dog Woman" and the orphan she raises; and three books exploring triangular relationships, gender and formal experimentation: "Written on the Body" (1992), "Art and Lies" (1994) and "Gut Symmetries"(1997).

She adapted her novel, "The PowerBook" (2000), for the National Theatre in 2002. "Lighthousekeeping" (2004), centers on the orphaned heroine Silver, taken in by the keeper of the Cape Wrath lighthouse, Mr Pew, whose stories of love and loss, passion and longing, are interwoven in the narrative.

Winterson adapted "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit" for BBC television in 1990, and also wrote Great Moments in Aviation, a television screenplay directed by Beeban Kidron for BBC2 in 1994. Her radio drama includes the play Text Message, broadcast by BBC Radio in November 2001.She is the author of a collection of short stories, "The World and Other Places" (1998), and a book of essays about art and culture, "Art Objects", published in 1995. In 2000, she also edited a series of new editions of novels by Virginia Woolf.

Her novel, "The Battle of the Sun" (2009), a children's book which follows two other books for children, "The King of Capri" (2003) and "Tanglewreck" (2006).She also recently edited "Midsummer Nights" (2009), a collection of stories by contemporary writers inspired by opera, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Glyndebourne Festival of Opera; and wrote the children's thriller, "Ingenious", for BBC Television. In 2009, "The Lion, The Unicorn and Me" was published - a children's story for Christmas.

Her latest book, "Frankissstein," is on the Booker Prize longlist. The Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, which has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over 50 years. It is awarded annually to the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK or Ireland.

Winterson lives in Gloucestershire and London. In 2006, she was awarded an OBE, and in 2011, her memoir, "Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?" was published. "The Daylight Gate" (2012), set in Lancashire in the 1600s is about the Pendle witches and she has also published "The Gap of Time" (2015), a cover version of The Winter's Tale from the Hogarth Shakespeare series.

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Award-Winning English Writer, Known for "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit"; Professor of New Writing at the University of Manchester

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Jeanette Winterson Biography

Jeanette Winterson is an award-winning novelist and professor of New Writing.

She was adopted and brought up in Accrington, Lancashire, in the north of England. Her strict Pentecostal Evangelist upbringing provides the background to her acclaimed first novel, "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit," published in 1985.

Her love affair with another girl at 16 meant that Winterson had to leave home. Her mother asked her why she was still seeing this girl when she knew the consequences – homelessness. Jeanette replied – She makes me happy.

She graduated from St. Catherine's College, Oxford, and moved to London where she worked as an assistant editor at Pandora Press.

She is a regular contributor of reviews and articles to many newspapers and journals and has a regular column published in The Guardian.

One of the most original voices in British fiction to emerge during the 1980s, Winterson was named as one of the 20 "Best of Young British Writers" in a promotion run jointly between the literary magazine Granta and the Book Marketing Council.

Her novels include "Boating for Beginners" (1985), published shortly after "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit" and described by the author as "a comic book with pictures"; "The Passion" (1987), twin narratives following the adventures of the web-footed daughter of a Venetian gondolier and Napoleon's chicken chef; "Sexing the Cherry" (1989), an invented world set during the English Civil War featuring the fabulous "Dog Woman" and the orphan she raises; and three books exploring triangular relationships, gender and formal experimentation: "Written on the Body" (1992), "Art and Lies" (1994) and "Gut Symmetries"(1997).

She adapted her novel, "The PowerBook" (2000), for the National Theatre in 2002. "Lighthousekeeping" (2004), centers on the orphaned heroine Silver, taken in by the keeper of the Cape Wrath lighthouse, Mr Pew, whose stories of love and loss, passion and longing, are interwoven in the narrative.

Winterson adapted "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit" for BBC television in 1990, and also wrote Great Moments in Aviation, a television screenplay directed by Beeban Kidron for BBC2 in 1994. Her radio drama includes the play Text Message, broadcast by BBC Radio in November 2001.She is the author of a collection of short stories, "The World and Other Places" (1998), and a book of essays about art and culture, "Art Objects", published in 1995. In 2000, she also edited a series of new editions of novels by Virginia Woolf.

Her novel, "The Battle of the Sun" (2009), a children's book which follows two other books for children, "The King of Capri" (2003) and "Tanglewreck" (2006).She also recently edited "Midsummer Nights" (2009), a collection of stories by contemporary writers inspired by opera, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Glyndebourne Festival of Opera; and wrote the children's thriller, "Ingenious", for BBC Television. In 2009, "The Lion, The Unicorn and Me" was published - a children's story for Christmas.

Her latest book, "Frankissstein," is on the Booker Prize longlist. The Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, which has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over 50 years. It is awarded annually to the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK or Ireland.

Winterson lives in Gloucestershire and London. In 2006, she was awarded an OBE, and in 2011, her memoir, "Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?" was published. "The Daylight Gate" (2012), set in Lancashire in the 1600s is about the Pendle witches and she has also published "The Gap of Time" (2015), a cover version of The Winter's Tale from the Hogarth Shakespeare series.

Jeanette Winterson Videos

  • Jeanette Winterson: The Waterstones Interview
  • Jeanette Winterson on Marriage
  • Five Minutes With: Jeanette Winterson

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  • How to book Jeanette Winterson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jeanette Winterson for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Jeanette Winterson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jeanette Winterson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Jeanette Winterson?

    Booking fees for Jeanette Winterson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jeanette Winterson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jeanette Winterson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jeanette Winterson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jeanette Winterson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jeanette Winterson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jeanette Winterson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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    Jeanette Winterson on Marriage
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  • Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? - Jeanette Winterson

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